Library Director Salary

Library Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just under two-thirds of Library Directors. Salaries average out to around $59K annually and spread from $27K to $94K per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Library Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Library Directors who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 81 percent. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$31,708 - $96,366
(Median)
$32K
$59K
$96K
MEDIAN: $59,007
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50%
90%

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$9.63 - $29.30
(Median)
$9
$15
$29
MEDIAN: $14.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$31,708 - $96,366  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,137  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,007 - $94,441  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 401
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.63 - $29.30  
   
Overtime
$1.02 - $29.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,137  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$27,007 - $94,441  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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Job Description for Library Director

A library director oversees all operations at a library. They direct staff - helping ensure that they are efficient and courteous at all times - and make sure that the library is running in an organized manner according to established rules and that books and other library items are organized neatly and efficiently. The library director may be in charge of the hiring of librarians, volunteers, and other staff, as well as carrying out disciplinary action as needed.

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Library Director Tasks

  • Promote library services and resources, and ensure library policies and procedures are followed.
  • Oversee library operations including planning, budgeting and staffing.
  • Direct the library services program, and participates in formulating long range goals and objectives.
  • Stay abreast of technology in order to work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.

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Popular Skills for Library Director


Survey results imply that Library Directors put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in People Management, Operations Management, Budget Management, and Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Cataloging. For most people, competency in Budget Management indicates knowledge of Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Library Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $49K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $59K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $66K.

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Experience Affects Library Director Salaries



National Average
$55,000



Skills That Affect Library Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 13%



Administration
up arrow 3%

National Average
$55,000

Online Research
up arrow 2%

Cataloging
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 18%
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